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Stocking Ideas of a 125G

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I am planning on moving into a house in June (Far away I know) but Have decided to take the leap and upgrade my 72G tank to a 125G. why not. I do not know what to experience with a tank this big but I feel like getting a jump start in planning it would be fun. So I currently am thinking about how I would stock this tank with fish and would like to make it as low maintenance as possible.

So far I am thinking of the following. Feel free to give me your opinion and add some. Again, its hard to imagine how big this tank would be and how many fish would look nice in it. I am thinking about to 2 dominate schools of smaller fish, and 1 small school of a bigger type.

-4 or 6 Emerald Rainbows. (they are my favorite)
-1 school of Dwarf Neon Rainbows. (Maybe 20?)
-1 school of either Harleguin Rasbora, White Clouds, or Cherry Barbs
-1 Pearl Gourami (Not sure how this fish would fit in, but I figure its color would be very nice)
-4 Electric Blue Rams
-4 German Blue Rmas
-1 school of Panada Cories (8-10)
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If you want more dwarf cichlids you could also add some apistogrammas
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I own two 125 gallon planted tanks that take very little maintenance. One is unheated with cherry shrimp and white clouds. Had a breeding pair of bristlenose, but I moved the female out. The other was stocked with 50 chili rasboras and 50 otocinlus over a decade ago. Still have 15 or so otos and almost as many chilies as I started off with. In both cases, I like having small fish in a really big environment and letting them breed and do their thing. I suppose both of these tanks would bore some people but species tanks can be really enjoyable. And if I had one pearl gourami (to use your example) in each, I doubt I'd have raised up many fry at all. Just a thought, but 200 cardinal tetras and call it a day or something similar would be a cool route in my opinion.

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-1 school of either Harleguin Rasbora, White Clouds, or Cherry Barbs
-1 Pearl Gourami (Not sure how this fish would fit in, but I figure its color would be very nice)
I would definitely go with the Harleguins or the white clouds (maybe 50 of one or the other) and the gourami will certainly make a wonderful centerpiece. I've always been a fan of larger quantities but less species - esp in big tanks like yours
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Purple Striped Gudgeon and rainbow fish was my fav tank ever. Youíll have to forget the micro fish though.

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If you want more dwarf cichlids you could also add some apistogrammas
Would they work with the Rams I mentioned? The peacocks are beautiful. How many could I fit with my current stock do you think?

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I own two 125 gallon planted tanks that take very little maintenance. One is unheated with cherry shrimp and white clouds. Had a breeding pair of bristlenose, but I moved the female out. The other was stocked with 50 chili rasboras and 50 otocinlus over a decade ago. Still have 15 or so otos and almost as many chilies as I started off with. In both cases, I like having small fish in a really big environment and letting them breed and do their thing. I suppose both of these tanks would bore some people but species tanks can be really enjoyable. And if I had one pearl gourami (to use your example) in each, I doubt I'd have raised up many fry at all. Just a thought, but 200 cardinal tetras and call it a day or something similar would be a cool route in my opinion.
I would like to keep the variety of fish at a minimum, but I do think all neons is a bit boring for my taste. My tank now has about 6 different rainbows, they are beautiful fish but somthing makes me want to keep only 1 large species and a group of the dwarfs.

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I would definitely go with the Harleguins or the white clouds (maybe 50 of one or the other) and the gourami will certainly make a wonderful centerpiece. I've always been a fan of larger quantities but less species - esp in big tanks like yours
Harlequins are the first on my lisr. Never kept them but i think the golden body will stand out nicely in the tank. Do they school tightly?

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Purple Striped Gudgeon and rainbow fish was my fav tank ever. You’ll have to forget the micro fish
Thats a sexy looking fish! Never seen it before. Not sure thats what im going for though.
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A matter of personal taste (I am not a fan of rainbows). My taste currently leans toward a single large school with 1 or 2 "main" fish and a school of cories.

I am rather happy with my 140g with 60 Columbian tetras, one large KoI Angel and 8 Panda Cories (to be bumped up to about 18). Probably a mistake, but I could not resist Angelicus Loaches in the mix, soon to be bumped from 5 to 10 - 12.
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My 30 gallon has a pair of borelli with german blue rams and they get along fine so you'd definitely be okay with a 125g. And yeah I love apistogrammas, super entertaining behavior and my male is constantly flaring his fins. I'd say you could definitely have several pairs depending on how you stock the rest of the tank
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Harlequins are the first on my lisr. Never kept them but i think the golden body will stand out nicely in the tank. Do they school tightly?


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I'm not saying Harlequins don't school nicely but if you're looking for tight schools, I'd go with the White Clouds. I've kept both at one time or another and would definitely keep them both again. They both look great in a planted tank.
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